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Senators Seek to Build $15 Million a Year 'Special Catfish Office' in Ag. Dept.

3:34 PM, Jun 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Two U.S. senators want to build a "special Catfish Office" at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Senator John McCain. The "Catfish Office" would cost $15 million a year. 

"Catfish is one bottom-feeder with friends in high places. In fact, they’re about to hook two prominent U.S. senators into spending $15 million a year – permanently – to build a special Catfish Office inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture," writes John McCain, of Arizona, in Politico

"For the past three weeks, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and I have asked for a vote in the Senate on our amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill that would repeal this absurd Catfish Office. A strong majority of the Senate would support it. But despite our repeated requests, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), have chosen to block a vote.

"What makes catfish so special? It turns out that catfish farmers in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas are having a difficult time selling their crusty mudcats to consumers."

McCain's op-ed aims to support the opposition to the project. "I hope supporters of good government will join us in publicly demanding that the Senate’s Farm Bill managers allow a vote on this amendment. This is one fishy deal that needs to be fried on behalf of the American taxpayer," McCain concludes.

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